Sunday, March 11, 2007

Zim's neighbor's are part of the problem

Johannesburg - Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has slammed southern African countries as being part of Zimbabwe's political and economic problem.

His comments were seen as a reference to South Africa's reluctance to help end the crisis in its neighbouring country.

'Instead of being part of the solution they (the Southern African Development Community) are part of the problem,' the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader told the annual Foreign Correspondents Association dinner in Johannesburg on Friday evening.

South Africa is SADC's biggest economy and its president Thabo Mbeki considered the African leader with the most clout with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

'They are tacitly supporting Mugabe on issues where they know Mugabe is not right,' Tsvangirai said, alluding to Mbeki's stated policy of 'quiet diplomacy' with Harare.

'It's time they (SADC) came on board and spoke with one voice on issues in Zimbabwe,' he added.

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